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One dead as bomb targets security chief's convoy in Egypt

One dead as bomb targets security chief's convoy in Egypt

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. Attacks in recent years were claimed by Islamic State in a targeted campaign against security forces and civilians.

MENA quoted Nemr as saying that two people, a policeman and a driver, were killed in the blast.

"The timing of this explosion, which comes just before the presidential elections, is telling of its objective to sow fear among voters", Habib said.

Two policemen were killed in a auto bomb attack Saturday targeting the security chief of Egypt's Alexandria, officials said, two days before the start of the country's presidential election.

Investigators say a bomb placed underneath the vehicle went off when the security chief drove by, raising speculation that it was targeting the official.

Local television stations later showed Mr Nemr unharmed and inspecting the area. Egypt's interior ministry and army have tightened security ahead of the elections, which will be held Monday through Wednesday. Supporters say such measures are needed to stabilise Egypt, which was rocked by years of unrest after protests toppled veteran leader Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

Sisi said on Friday the jihadists would soon be defeated in the region.

On April 9, 2017 two separate bomb attacks targeted Coptic Christian churches in Alexandria and the city of Tanta in the Nile Delta, killing 44 people and wounding 100 others.

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